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Methods Used by Fourth Graders when Responding to Number Sense-Related Questions

Jia-Wei Huang and Der-Ching Yang
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Jia-Wei Huang: Graduate Institute of Mathematics and Science Education National Chiayi University 85, Wen Lung, Ming-Hsiung Chiayi, Taiwan R. O. C
Der-Ching Yang: istinguished Professor Graduate Institute of Mathematics and Science Education National Chiayi University 85, Wen Lung, Ming-Hsiung Chiayi, Taiwan R. O. C.

American Journal of Education and Learning, 2018, vol. 3, issue 1, 1-13

Abstract: This study examined the methods used by fourth graders when answering number sense-related questions. Eighth fourth graders who were classified as high, medium, and low achievers in mathematics were recruited from three public elementary schools in south Taiwan. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with all students, in which they responded to a series of number sense-related questions. The findings showed that all students tended to use rule-based methods to solve the questions. However, low and medium achievers were more inclined than high achievers to use rule-based methods to solve the problems. Additionally, the findings suggest that students’ thinking is limited to memorizing the methods they have learned in schools; thus, they cannot use meaningful approaches to solve problems.

Keywords: Method; Number sense. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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